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CryptoMania! Teleporting into Greek and Latin with the CryptoKids
Written by Edith Hope Fine
Illustrated by Kim Doner
Come On In! The Greek and Latin Are Fine!

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Come On In! The Greek and Latin Are Fine!, June 1, 2005

Reviewer: Constant Reader West

Here's a bright and beautiful plunge-into-fun book with fabulous teaching and learning potential. Beyond the clever storyline with its time/space travel adventure, you'll find a rich content of vocabulary instruction based on the Greek and Latin roots of many modern English words. Kids will start out exploring the fascinating drawings (they give Waldo a run for his money!) and finish by cracking the secret code of vocabulary enrichment. Greek and Latin roots can be used to decipher the special "hard words" at the end of the book. Kids in upper elementary grades will enjoy the book and it wouldn't hurt the pre-SAT set to pick up a few pointers either! Wonderful work!

Cryptomania A Great Adventure, April 10, 2005

Reviewer: Super Reader "Super Reader" (San Diego, CA)

Edith Hope Fine's Cryptomania! Teleporting into Greek and Latin with the CryptoKids is a fun, interesting and most educational read. This book is completely original and puts an adventurous spin on learning about Greek and Latin words. Kids of all ages will enjoy this book! It's a great addition to everyone's library. This book would be a great gift for anyone interested in words and their origins. Buy it!!!!!!!

Cryptomania - Fun and Fascination with Words, January 8, 2005

Reviewer: Becky Duffett (Aberdeen, WA)

I love giving this book to grandchildren and friends for birthdays, holidays and visits. I find new info every time I open it. Cryptomania is complex and fascinating. We come back to it often to find and understand the origin of words. Greek and Latin languages help the book's characters solve a homeWORk assignment using commonly available supplies (a big cardboard box), modern tools (a computer) and vivid imaginations (teleporting to different times) to discover the world of words. The illustrations and glossaries are terrific. I wish I'd learned word-meaning and word-making this way.

A great book!, November 12, 2004

Reviewer: Evelyn Pinkerton "Book lover" (St. Paul, MN)

This is an amazing book filled with the zany adventures of the CryptoKids, with their buddy Alphy, a microcyanasaurus. With knowledge of Greek and Latin roots increasingly part of state English and Language Arts standards, this book gives teachers a way to have fun with students, who will love the Teleporter destination and learn valuable decoding skills. Parents and grandparents will love it, too. It's a book for students of all ages to read, study, and pore over. Kim Doner's illustrations are beautiful, creative, and varied.
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